Vintage Americana BBQ for Graduation Party

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to clear a path and time in my day, to my computer. My family is in a very busy season and it’s times like this I’m so grateful Chris Ann and I co-blog. This morning it’s quiet. I think all the running around we’ve been doing is actually paying off with kids sleeping in.

But, I feel the home stretch coming! My oldest, is finished his senior year and off to London for the week. I had my final homeschool review on Tuesday and am now fighting the urge to just call the school year over…even though we are in the middle of two books and have a couple of weeks left of math. Our house guest Albert, from Holland left on Sunday and we’re in tech week for our homeschool co op play. One more day of painting sets and I think I’ll be breathing a little easier. In the midst of all of that, I’ve been scheming and dreaming up my son’s graduation party.

When we owned Jahva House, we also did mad catering. I think we kind of burned out, but having taken a number of years off, I’m getting my mo jo back and am actually a bit excited for his party. We have invited over 100 people for a Vintage Americana BBQ at our local park. I’ve been busy adding recipes and ideas to our Pinterest board in preparation for the day.


I’ve also been hitting thrift stores and have friends hunting yard sales for pieces of tablescaping that will make the day extra special.

My friend found over 100 of these mason jars, all in red and blue. I’m trying to decide if I should pre fill them with lemonade, ice tea and sangria and put them on ice. Or should I fill them with homemade cobbler like I did last year? I’m thinking of adding a strip of chalkboard paint to the front or top to put fill in guest’s names. What do you think?

Remember these?

I have about 60 of these. I’ve been running them through the dishwasher and love the way the colors come out faded just right.

I’ve hit the dollar bin at Target and the local craft stores and have stocked up on little accessories to add to the table.

The menu’s in the works. I’ll make sure and share it with you once my mind is made up. Are you cooking out for Memorial Day or Father’s Day? What are some of your tips and tricks for grilling out?

This post full of fun party finds was linked over at Simple Designs  ~ Thrift Haul

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  1. Oh Kristin! My middle son graduates next week and his party is that weekend. I have barely thought about a menu let alone table decorations!! You really do rock. The big push this weekend is to finish some landscaping and house projects and then I’ll focus on the party all next week. Happy graduation to your not-so-little-man.

    • Kristin says:

      Wow!! Can you believe how time flies?! I’d love to hear what you end up doing for the party. Ya know, Chris Ann and I will be in your neck of the woods that week, after the party. We’re bringing both our crew down for a week by the beach. Maybe we could do a little happy hour to celebrate!

  2. I vote for filling the glass jars with cobbler. Those lids are amazing!

    One of my favorite things to grill is zucchini. Just cut some up into a pocket of tin foil and a little butter and salt. Gaaaahhh… It’s awesome. 🙂

    • Kristin says:

      Oh! I love that idea!! I saw them in long strips grilled and debated on adding them to the menu. But, you may just have convinced me!

  3. Looks like so much fun! That corn on the cob looks heavenly! I am currently putting together a going away party for our office manager for June 2nd. The food theme will be kabobs….all on sticks in the center of our kitchen island stuck in Styrofoam….with a make your own kabob station for their meat of choice! I am pretty excited about it! Love the little chip bags in this post!


  4. Corn on the cob…I make the best, sweetest grilled corn ever. And the secret ingredient is…MILK!

  5. Oh I want to come to that party! I adore those vintage touches (as you well know) and so glad you linked up with us. I say cobbler for sure, and I would marry you if I was a party go-er and you made fresh french fries! 🙂


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